"Beautiful Hotel in Edinburgh "
My last visit to Edinburgh was in 2007 and we had a lovely meal in the Scotsman Restaurant. On this trip we were staying in Glasgow and headed to Edinburgh for a day to look around. It's just Off Princess Street and very elegant inside and outside. Had decided to eat there again alas the Scotsman Restaurant closed a few years ago and then they leased it out and that too closed in April this year. A staff member told me the hotel maybe opening a restaurant there again. We had a post meal drink in the lounge of The Scotsman Hotel and enjoyed our luxurious surrounding. It is a classic old World style hotel.
"Great location; beware which tower your room is in"
I booked via Expedia. So did my friend. She got a regular room. I got a room in an "annex" that was poorly designed. I had no real windows at eye level---the window were skylights high up on the slanted ceiling. The room was very dark and lamps were not sufficient. Towel warmer was located right next to toilet which made it awkward to not burn your legs. They did provide free drams of Dewar's in your room which was nice. Lobby area was very small and often backed up when people came to check in/check out. Location is fabulous for getting to Royal Mile and Castle.
"The Scotsman Hotel"
We loved this hotel. Large room with a bottle of complimentary Prosecco waiting upon our arrival. We only stayed one night and wished we could have had additional days in Edinburgh. A buffet breakfast was included that was delicious, but we also had the option of ordering from their menu, also included. The Scotsman is a few minutes walk from the train station and in a perfect location. We walked to the castle and there are lots of shops and restaurants up and down High Street. It was raining on our second day so we took a hop on hop off bus to see the sights that weren't within walking distance. Hotel service,was excellent. We will definitely stay at the Scotsman on our next visit to Edinburgh.
"Aesthetically pleasing, but too warm inside"
I think this hotel was in a great location, just around the corner from the Royal Mile, a short walk to Sir Walter Scott Monument and Edinburgh Castle, etc. I appreciated the aesthetic of the hotel, the lobby had beautiful wood work, and my room had a nice view of Prince's St. The breakfast the hotel provided was rather good. My biggest complaint about the hotel was the lack of air-conditioning (they don't have any). We visited Edinburgh during an apparently rare warm couple of days, and therefore it was quite warm in the rooms. The hotel did provide a fan, but it was a small desk fan which really didn't do much. The hotel suggested we open our windows, which I was hesitant to do, since there were pigeons hanging out on the ledge and I didn't want them coming into the room. We gave in regardless, and the noise from the street went on all night long, and we couldn't close the drapes since it stays quite light in the city during the summer and with all the city lights. Because of this I gave three instead of four stars.
"Very good but expensive"
Actually nothing to say against this. Pure luxury. However the windows are not easy to open and our room smelled a bit stuffy at arrival. Parking is at the public car-park at the station. Very good location. Water in bath couldnt get more than luke-warm in the morning. There is a nice breakfast restaurant just across the street, so you dont have to get the hotel breakfast, which BTW was VERY good with VERY friendly staff.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 2:00 PM , Check-out: 11:00 AM